3 week ago
Confirmed: Major internet disruption registered across Iran amid geopolitical crisis; real-time network data indicate international connectivity drop to 65% of normal levels
Reports from Iran that many foreign hosted websites as well as VPNs seem to be blocked. Internet intelligence shows 50% drop in BGP routes at 20:00 UTC
Trump: Iran's leaders will be selfish and stupid if they refuse to negotiate
Pompeo says U.S. has done all it can to de-escalate Iran situation
Russia's envoy to the Security Council: The nuclear agreement must be maintained and Iran is committed to the terms of the agreement
Germany's envoy to the Security Council: Iran's transfer of missiles to the Houthis in Yemen violates Security Council resolutions
Trump for Fox News: Any war with Iran will not last long
Trump: There will be no US forces on the ground in the event of a confrontation with Iran
Trump: I hope we do not go to war with Iran
"I don't think they have smart leadership at all," replies @POTUS when asked by @MariaBartiromo about president of Iran comment that US is "mentally retarded."
3 week ago
Operating in the Persian Gulf between Bahrain and Qatar is USNavy P8A 169349 using callsign MN850 (callsign MN___ usually used by various P3 ORIONS on TDY here). This airframe was only delivered to US Navy in 2018. 1254z
UK is threatening to leave the JCPOA if Iran reduces its participation despite getting no benefits.
NATO: Iran must not be allowed to possess nuclear weapons and develop ballistic missiles
Lavrov: The harsh statements and the US sanctions discourage dialogue with Iran
Lavrov: The crisis between Iran and the United States can be resolved through dialogue
UAE Foreign Minister: We spoke with Russian officials about the recent attacks in the Sea of Oman
Lavrov: Russia is interested in reducing the escalation in the Gulf
Khamenei: When U.S. failed to achieve their goals by pressuring, they said: negotiate with us in order to progress. Yes. We progress but without you. During Pahlavis you controlled everything and Iran moved backwards every day. You're the reason behind Iranian nation's backwardness [then].
Khamenei: Negotiations are their way of deceiving into what they want. You hold the gun and the other side doesn't dare approach you; so they say drop your gun so that I can do any harms to you. This is what they mean by negotiations.
Khamenei: If you surrender to them, you're done. And if you don't accept it, they will keep fussing about human rights excuses. American human right. They shoot down 300 people on board a plane, help Saudis to bomb Yemenis in bazaars, celebrations and hospitals.
India FM says global oil shipping routes must be protected
Pompeo: Iran is a state sponsor of terrorism and must secure energy supplies
Khamenei: The graceful Iranian nation has been accused and insulted by world's most vicious government, the U.S., which is a source of wars, conflicts and plunder. Iranian nation won't give up over such insults. Iranians have been wronged by oppressive sanctions but not weakened and remain powerful.
Iran's supreme leader Khamenei says "we will not retreat in the face of US pressures, cruel sanctions and "insults"
Khamenei: The Iranian nation seeks dignity, independence, and progress; that's why pressures by cruel enemies do not affect Iranians. Look at election and rallies turnout. The enemies make so many sabotaging efforts but the people continue to participate with a strong willpower.
Khamenei: The Iranian nation has displayed glory, sovereignty, and dignity in the true sense of the word for the past 40 years; that they say Iran can't be defeated is due to this 40-year movement, not because of events in the past 2,3 or 6 months.
A spokesman for Iran's Atomic Energy Organization: We will increase the speed of uranium enrichment at the Natanz reactor
Russian Foreign Ministry: Moscow is considering strengthening the security measures for Russian experts at the Bushehr nuclear power station
Asked if he has an exit strategy for Iran in case war does break out, Trump told reporters, "You're not going to need an exit strategy. I don't need exit strategies."
on whether there has been any US-Iranian military to military communication during the recent crisis: "I'm not going to discuss anything like that. We're just making sure our forces are ready-they're postured to deal with any further unprovoked attacks by the Iranians"
Acting Secretary of Defense @EsperDoD en route to NATO: "One of the things we need to defend is the principle of freedom of navigation. That's not just for the United States but for all members of the international community and Iran is threatening that right with its actions."
Trump: Any attack by Iran on any American targets will face overwhelming force
Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) sources are reporting "armed clashes" between the IRGC and "a terrorist group opposed to the government near the Turkish border", killing 1, wounding 2, and capturing 11 others.
: ..Iran's very ignorant and insulting statement, put out today, only shows that they do not understand reality. Any attack by Iran on anything American will be met with great and overwhelming force. In some areas, overwhelming will mean obliteration. No more John Kerry and Obama.
: Iran leadership doesn't understand the words "nice" or "compassion," they never have. Sadly, the thing they do understand is Strength and Power, and the USA is by far the most powerful Military Force in the world, with 1.5 Trillion Dollars invested over the last two years alone..
French Foreign Minister: We are working with Germany and Britain to ease the escalation between Washington and Iran
French Foreign Minister: Iran's violation of the nuclear agreement will be a big mistake